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How do you tell the difference between an esophagus spasm and a heart palpitation?

How do you tell the difference between an esophagus spasm and a heart palpitation?

See below: Esophagus spasm would be more likely to produce pain whereas palpitation is usually a fluttering sensation. The word palpitation refers to the feeling in the chest but it usually implies that the problem is an irregular pulse. An EKG would determine if the heart rhythm is regular or not. Sometimes we have to hook the patient up to a 24 hour monitor to catch the irregularity. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Sandler
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Palpitation (Definition)

Palpitations are an awareness of extra heartbeats which most of us have. The sensation can be single or multiple and can sometimes last minutes. Different people may feel other symptoms along with them such as dizzy, lightheaded or short of breath. The palpitations are almost always atrial or ventricular premature beats. Usually benign but they are also ...Read more


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How is it possible to tell the difference between an esophageal spasm and a heart palpitation?

How is it possible to tell the difference between an esophageal spasm and a heart palpitation?

Pain: Esophageal spasms are typically painful and prolonged. Palpitations are a skipped heartbeat, usually a mild sensation, and never painful. If you're concerned about the discomfort, see a doctor. There are treatments available, and there's a lot of value to simple reassurance. ...Read more

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What distinguishes an esophagus spasm from a heart palpitation?

What distinguishes an esophagus spasm from a heart palpitation?

Palpitations: These are caused by many things. Stress, excitement, irritants both physical and chemical, pressure like a hiatal hernia or esophageal push or pull, and primary heart things, the causes are very many in number. Esophageal spasm feels like a grab in the chest and lasts as a single feeling longer than palpitations each one of which is very s short. ...Read more

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At least once a week I've been feeling what feels like heart palpitations, fluttering. Every time I feel that, I burp. Related to gerd? Esophagus spasm?

At least once a week I've been feeling what feels like heart palpitations, fluttering. Every time I feel that, I burp. Related to gerd? Esophagus spasm?

Palpitations: Palpitations have many causes from anxiety through anatomic and physiologic abnormalities. The feeling of bounding usually relates to the volume of blood pumped with each palpitation. There is no simple single answer for the question. If you're bothered by the feeling should consult a dr. To see if the problem can be clarified. GI gas could cause palpitations ...Read more

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I have palpitations every night after dinner. No manner what I eat, I also feel my heart beat like in my esophagus or in my stomach. What can it be?

I have palpitations every night after dinner. No manner what I eat, I also feel my heart beat like in my esophagus or in my stomach. What can it be?

Palpitation: Hi, how old are you? What other medical illnesses do u have? What medications are you taking? Do you have anxiety disorder? How much Caffeinated drinks are you drinking a day? Have you seen a doctor for evaluation and obtaining an ECG? ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between esophegeal spasms and heart palpitations?

How can you tell the difference between esophegeal spasms and heart palpitations?

Feel the pulse: Heart palpitations does not cause the pain in the mid chest like what you would feel with esophageal spasm -- in fact you can not differentiate esophageal or heart cause of angina pectoris or chest pain. ...Read more

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How can a doctor tell the difference between anxiety palpitations and heart problems on a 48hour heart monitor? What's the difference?

How can a doctor tell the difference between anxiety palpitations and heart problems on a 48hour heart monitor? What's the difference?

See below: The idea of the monitor is to see exactly what your heart is doing while you have symptoms. It's important to write down when exactly you felt something, to correlate with the measurements. Often we will see that it is a benign "skipped beat" or PVC. We also check for dangerous heart rhythm abnormalities that can feel like anxiety. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between heart palpitation and skipping beats, I think I feel mine skipping a lot thru the day well all day what would u call that?

Defined: Palpitations are, by definition "an uncomfortable or abnormal awareness of one's own heartbeat." the most common forms of this, which we call pacs or pvcs, are not in fact skipped beats but rather a single extra beat or two which cause a "pause" afterward, making it feel like a skipped beat. ...Read more

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What's the difference between heart arrhythmias and palpitations?

What's the difference between heart arrhythmias and palpitations?

Sign vs symptom: A palpitation is a symptom the pt feels, and an arrythmia is a sign that is picked up at the time of physical exam or on an ecg. ...Read more

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What is the difference between heart arrhythmia and palpitations?

What is the difference between heart arrhythmia and palpitations?

Sensation vs. Rhythm: Palpitations are the sensation of skipping or abnormal heart beats. These might be from abnormal beats, or just the normal rhythm beating fast or stronger than normal. Heart arrythmias are actual, documented (by ekg, holter, event monitor) abnormal heart contractions. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a heart palpitation, a murmur fibrillation, and arrhythmias?

What is the difference between a heart palpitation, a murmur fibrillation, and arrhythmias?

Different conditions: Palpitation is the sensation that there is an abnormality in the heartbeat. It is a symptom. A murmur is something heard when listening to the heart. An arrhythmia is any abnormality of the heartbeat and is therefore nonspecific. ...Read more

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What's the difference between afib, palpitations and rapid heart rate?

What's the difference between afib, palpitations and rapid heart rate?

Atrial fibrillation: Is a specific diagnosis that means the top chambers od the heart beat erratically and and only occasiona electrical impulses get through to the bottom chambers. It can be rapid afib (fast) or contolled rate (normal rate). Palpitations are just the sensation of the heart beating, fast irregular or slow. It is a symptom not a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between afib and palpitations and rapid heart rate?

Need advice on what is the the difference between afib and palpitations and rapid heart rate?

Afib can cause Palp: Afib can cause palpitations and a rapid heart beat. But there are may other rhythm abnormalities of the heart that can give the same symptoms. Your doctor will have to get a monitor to see your rhythm during your symptoms to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Will an echocardiogram definitively confirm or rule out heart failure? What is the difference between Trans esophageal echo, and echo?

Will an echocardiogram definitively confirm or rule out heart failure? What is the difference between Trans esophageal echo, and echo?

Echocardiogram: KateL ~ an ECHO is an excellent part of the workup for determine cardiac failure. It accurately measures the dimensions ventricles and measures FS (fractional shortening) and EF (ejection fraction) which shows how much blood LEFT in L vent after systole. More=failure. Trans means transesophageal, and the sonar is swallowed so the mitral valve can be viewed from behind which gives better results. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how heart arrhythmias and palpitations differ?

2 different problems: Palpitation is rapid heart beat more than 100 per minute and is normal after exercise.
Arrhymia is either rapid or slow heart rate but it is irregular. ...Read more

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Please tell me what causes heart palpitations?

Please tell me what causes heart palpitations?

Palpitations: These are caused by many things. Stress, excitement, irritants both physical and chemical, pressure like a hiatal hernia or esophageal push or pull, and primary heart things, the causes are very many in number. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if heart palpitations ever go away?

Can you tell me if heart palpitations ever go away?

Palpitations: If it is due to anxiety or electrolyte disturbances it is very easy to treat. If it is from cardiac arrhythmias then you need full work-up and treatment. Predominantly these are treatable. Please consult your physician. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why my heart palpitations are getting really bad?

Could you tell me why my heart palpitations are getting really bad?

Palpitations: If you have worsening palpitations you should be seeing a doctor, likely a cardiologist for evaluation and therapy. ...Read more

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Sometimes I suddenly get palpitations! Like my heart skips a beat! 112 BPM when lay down. Should I tell my GP?

Sometimes I suddenly get palpitations! Like my heart skips a beat! 112 BPM when lay down. Should I tell my GP?

Yes.: An EKG and Holter monitor are non-invasive and can give good information. Lab may be needed for Ca, Mg and K levels if you are on other meds or have loose stools. Treatment at home that works well is Mg (magnesium). For skip beats etc. I use Mag Glycinate or Mag Maleate @ 200 mg 3x/d. [this can cause loose stools so you might only tolerate 400 mg. You can easily take 800 mg. This helps 90% of ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a sinus infection cause heart palpitations?

Please tell me, could a sinus infection cause heart palpitations?

Yes: Any kind of infection can cause heart palpitations. The most common reasons for palpitations associated with infections include fever and dehydration. Treatment of the infection and adequate rest and fluids are helpful in preventing palpitations. Some sinus medications (those with pseudophed) can also cause or worsen palpitations, and should be avoided if palpitations are present. ...Read more

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How can you tell if the heart palpitations are from a anxiety Attack or something different. Had this yesterday with shaking, ?

Medical tip: Here's a tip.... when you feel palpitations EXERCISE (EG: Run in place) Palpitations will cease after your heart rate returns to normal. In other words REGULAR EXERCISE will help anxiety related "palps".

Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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I am on cardizem for bp, palpitations and stabilize my heart rate. My heart rate is above 100 to 120 when I wake up. Should I tell my doc?

I am on cardizem for bp, palpitations and stabilize my heart rate. My heart rate is above 100 to 120 when I wake up. Should I tell my doc?

You should: It is important for the physician to know all your symptoms and concerns to manage your medication and condition properly. ...Read more

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Please tell me if it is possible to get minor heart palpitations from lack of iron?

Please tell me if it is possible to get minor heart palpitations from lack of iron?

No: Iron deficiency does not affect the heart rhythm. The only exception is if you're so profoundly anemic, you're not supplying enough oxygen to the heart muscle. At your age, you would have to have a hemoglobin of. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a heart attack cause I got anxiety tachycardia palpitations?

How to tell if I have a heart attack cause I got anxiety tachycardia palpitations?

Very unlikely at: Your young age unless there were other major comirbidities. ...Read more

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How common is myocarditis? How can you tell between genuine heart trouble and anxiety induced palpitations and fatigue by yourself?

How common is myocarditis? How can you tell between genuine heart trouble and anxiety induced palpitations and fatigue by yourself?

Don't try. Untreated: Significant chronic antenatal anxiety exposes a fetus to high cortisol levels that can affect fetal brain development, with long-lasting effects on stress-related behavior, emotions & cognitive abilities. Seek referrals from your OB to a psychologist for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy & to a psychiatrist, as fetal exposure to anti-anxiety meds may be less of a risk than remaining untreated. ...Read more

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I have hypertension (160/110) since I was 15, never measured till that. Also doubled kidney. Heart palpitation. Doctors can't tell exact reason.

I have hypertension (160/110) since I was 15, never measured till that. Also doubled kidney. Heart palpitation. Doctors can't tell exact reason.

High renin BP: 160/ 110 is quite high bp. You mention your renin level is high. High renin increases angiotensin & bp. It can be high for many reasons liver problem, heart failure, addison's disease, kidney disease (you already have double kidneys). Mostly the primary causes of hypertension are unknown. The secondary causes are few. You may want to see a nephrologist associated with research center. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Palpitations (Definition)

Heart palpitations are a clinical finding in which a person feels his heart beating strongly, feels his heart beating fast, or both. This can occur with anxiety disorders or heart conditions including ...Read more


Esophagus (Definition)

This is the muscular structure built like a tube that connects your throat to the stomach though which food ...Read more